TAMPA, Fla. – There are only three players in NHL history to score more than 30 points in consecutive seasons: Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux and now Nikita Kucherov.
Star Tampa Bay Lightning continues his amazing season. He recorded two goals and assists in a 5-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of Monday night’s Stanley Cup final. All of Kucherov’s scores came in the third period. Make the game open for Tampa Bay.
“That’s one of the best players in the world,” said Lightning team captain Steven Stamgos. It was said by Kucherov in the power play for the Tampa Bay final goal. “Now he plays the beast, he is very good.”
All concerns about Kucherov̵7;s health appeared to fade on Monday. The winger left after just one switch in Game 6 of the semi-final series against the Islanders on Wednesday and coach Jon Cooper said it would be “boring” if Kucherov will play in Game 7 of the series final. meeting excellence
But Kucherov assessed the injury. and refused to admit that he was injured at all. “There were no injuries,” Kucherov said last week. “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Kucherov played in Game 7 against the Islanders and looked good against the Canadians as Lightning was a three-match win over the Stanley Cup champions.
“Men have to fight injuries. It’s an inspiration to others. So it’s encouraging. Watching what men fight through especially at this time of year,” Cooper said, “and [Kucherov is] doing that And clearly he won for it tonight. and his way of playing and some results It’s time for the finals. Everyone played hard and luckily for this group. Why might we have some success because everyone fought through it?”
Kucherov again downplayed things on Monday, his first goal, which gave the Lightning a 3-1 lead in the third three minutes, was uneventful. But it happened after he said he followed the coach’s game plan. And just throw the puck to the net.
“I don’t have to do much there. Just try throwing it into the net and see what happens there. And fortunately, luckily for us,” Kucherov said.
The 2019 League MVP even tried to divert the credit. He said he thought the goal should be credited to team-mate Ondrej Palat.
“I think it’s Pally’s goal and I hope he scores that goal,” Kucherov said.
Playing at home ice, Lightning has mastered the latest changes – and especially celebrating the match where Kucherov’s streak faces Montreal youngsters Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufield. The streak of Caufield, Suzuki and Tyler Toffoli combines. It’s -9 in the game.
“We have full confidence in our young players at the front. We won’t get to this point in the playoffs if we’re not fully confident in them and what they can do in our spot,” said Canadian defender Ben Giarot. “Of course there are opponents that we want. But that’s not the luxury you have when you’re on the road.”
Kucherov reached 30 points in only 19 playoff games. The only player to reach that mark faster than in the past 25 years was Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin. In 2009 Kucherov also ran away with a playoff scoring match. The next closest player is team-mate Brayden Point, who has 23 points, which has been even more impressive since Kucherov spent the entire regular season recuperating from hip surgery on December 29.
“It is difficult that the mind cannot play. But that’s all in the past,” Kucherov said on Monday. “I’m just really enjoying this moment. and happy to be with the children and excited to play in the finals.”
Kucherov’s season on the bench met with controversy surrounding the league. Lightning highlighted the hat-trick given some relief when Kucherov (and his $9.5 million cap) was left with a season-long injury. Since General Manager Julien BriseBois does not require any contracts. to meet the requirements Salary caps became questionable in the playoffs, and Kucherov returned in Game 1 of the first-round series against the Florida Panthers. After the Lightning defeated Carolina Hurricanes in the second round, Canes defender Dougie Hamilton lamented: “We Lost to a team worth $18 million.”
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly were asked about the situation at a news conference ahead of the annual Stanley Cup final on Monday.
“There hasn’t been anything improper here,” said Daily. The facts seem to be consistent with the circumstances that allowed Tampa to bring back key players in the playoffs. I’m not apologizing for anything in a good way. system and what is sound system from the beginning.”
Bettman noted that the salary provision has been in place since 2005.
“This is not new news for anyone,” he said. and we are satisfied that nothing bad happened.”
Daly said the NHL will be open to changing the rules in the future. but must be negotiated with the Players Association